The new Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, is the first man to serve three inspectors-general as principal staff officer (PSO). His last posting was as the deputy inspector-general (DIG) and head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.
Born on June 21, 1956, in Oredo Local Government Area, in Edo State, Solomon Arase was brought up in Sapele Delta State. He joined the police in 1981 as cadet assistant superintendent of police (ASP).
Prior to the latest appointment as acting IGP, Arase Ehigator Solomon was the deputy inspector-general of police in charge of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department (FCIID), the main intelligence gathering arm of the Nigerian Police that provides intelligence on crime and national security.
Arase enlisted into the Nigerian Police after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1980, with a degree in political science. He also has a bachelor of law degree and master of law from the University of Benin and University of Lagos respectively.
The new IGP attended the Nigerian Law School and was called to Bar in 2,000. He also has in his kitty a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.
Arase has vast experience as a crime fighter, having served in various commands and formations of the Nigerian Police, including being the commissioner of police for Akwa Ibom State.
He was also one time assistant inspector-general of police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Bureau (FCIB).
Arase, due for retirement on June 21, 2016, served at the United Nations Mission in Namibia and is a fellow of the Nigerian Defence College.